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republican fight over funding and the affordable care act continues in texas, with the state's junior senator, ted cruz, leading the charge against the expansion of health care coverage in this country. >> i am publicly committed along with a number of other senators that under no circumstances will i vote for any continuing resolution that funds even one penny of obama care. now, why is it that every reporter in the media and a significant percentage of republicans assume with an impasse that president obama will never, ever give up his principles, so republicans have to give up theirs? if you have an impasse, you want to know one side or the other has to blink. how do we win this fight? don't blink. >> the senior senator from texas disagrees with his junior senator. >> even if you shut down the government, mandatory spending would continue to pay for the implementation of obama care. we're all on the same side when it comes to the objective. there is some difference of opinion as to the viability, or the likelihood of success of this particular tactic. >> a new survey from usa today shows t
every year the number one pick of all the law enforcement agencies within texas. their number one pick, all right? and i am a supporter of you -- you don't know it, but i am a supporter of you and a supporter of everyone in law enforcement. and i want you to do whatever is the proper thing. this lady did not -- i know in my heart, was not involved in intentionally walking out and stealing out $57. >> you don't know me, but i am the number one pick of law enforcement agencies. that seriously happened. that was texas's republican lieutenant governor, david dewhurst, on the phone, not doing anything, obviously, illegal, but throwing his weight around like a texas sumo wrestler, trying to wrangle some poor police sergeant in allen, texas, from releasing somebody from jail, a friend who had been jailed on shoplifting charges. the lieutenant governor, the number one pick of law enforcement, just wanted that police sergeant to do the proper thing, which should apparently be that he should take into account that any friend of texas' lieutenant governor must be innocent and, therefore must be r
why in a minute he's not just another whackadoo. live to dallas, texas, where ted cruz is about to speak in just a moment. see the big defund obama care banner which lets you know what the event is going to be like. also tonight the terrifying prospect that one result of the bankruptcy of the city of detroit could be the thousands of potential personal bankruptcies caused by the slashing of retirees' pensions. a full discussion on that is coming up. all that plus i am absolutely geeking out a little bit over what i think is the coolest car ever. the tesla. i will tell you why it's so cool but also why it's so important. >>> but tonight we begin with a man who i believe is the most dangerous politician on the american right. in october 2007 i sat in the media gallery of the united states supreme court and watched the solicitor general of texas argue on behalf of the state that he should have the ability to put to death a mexican national, jose, who had been convicted of raping and murdering two teenage girls in houston. he won that argument and he was executed by texas on august
better than we were and have been for a few yearses now. and yet, today, in texas, another round has just begun of unpaving the roads. seriously. in four counties in south texas, and two counties in west texas, today is the day state started converting paved roads into gravel roads. texas state department of trn transportation made the announcement last month. "since paving roads is too expensive and there's not enough funding to repave them all, our only other option to make them safer is to turn them into gravel roads. t "it's not like they're saying gravel roads are better, figured out grounds on which gravel roads are pleasing or sound, or get the most out of your performance car. those are not artisanal roads. roads in texas are being unpaved because pavement is something we cannot afford there anymore. in this part of texas it's happening because of the "sharp increase in heavy traffic due to the oil boom." the damage related to energy development has become so extensive that state and local authorities lack the funding to make all the repairs. the problem increased heavy equipment
with texas representative waukeen castro and the reverend al sharpton. >>> as the outrage over russia's anti-gay laws continue to grow, we're beginning to get a disturbing picture of what life is like there for its lgbt citizens. my guest tonight is russian, openly gay and about to flee the country. >>> plus, stop and frisk and edward snowden, what do they have in quhcommon? a whole lot more than you might think. >>> we begin on the front lines of voter suppression, with multiple developments across the country, not the least of which is the attorney general of the united states eric holder suing the state of texas, two states suing the federal government back, and a prominent republican lambasting the republican fwo b governor of north carolina over that state's brand new voting requirements. today the justice department announced plans to file a new lawsuit against the state of texas over its voteer i.d. law and intervene as a party in another case involving texas redistricting. attorney general holder said "he will not allow the prime court's recent decision to be interpreted as open sea
back. i'm joy reid in for melissa harris-perry. a shortage of water in the state of texas has left residents thirsty, frustrated, and saying what the frac. according to recent reports, the process of hydraulic fracking, more commonly known as fracking, which is used as oil extraction, is making the drought problem in the lone star state much worse. these areas in red that you're seeing on the map are parts of texas that are experiencing extreme and exceptional drought. the drought problem has become so bad that at least one texas resident is actually wishing for a natural disaster to help. rancher buck owens told the guardian newspaper that, quote, we've got to get floods. we've got to get a hurricane to move up in our country and just saturate everything to replenish the aquifer. while fracking makes up less than 1% of the water use in texas, in certain counties, according to a university of texas study, fracking uses up 50% of the water supply. but before we go any further, just what is fracking? i'm going to leave that explanation to "all in's" chris hayes, who not only explaine
right. that was texas senator ted cruz telling jonathan carl that he is, in fact, a natural born citizen, therefore eligible to be president. cruz went the extra mile to release his birth certificate to the dallas morning news which reported cruz was born in california to an american mother, has dual citizenship. and following that report, senator cruz released a statement renouncing his canada citizenship. he says now the dallas morning news that i have dual citizenship, i'm an american by birth and as a u.s. senator i believe i should only be an american. it's odd for me to say about a guy who i disagree with on many points, he couldn't be more right. the irony, of course, it mirrors the phony scenario of those who have been arguing to this day that president obama was born overseas, mostly in kenya and not eligible to be president. he was born to an american mother in the state of hawaii that was actually in america, by the way, but the birthers are all but silent when it comes to ted cruz. cruz has already visited the important presidential primary states of iowa and south carolina a
civic duty for a change, of course. >>> and here we go again with the birther craze. a texas republican congressman blake farenthold believes the house has the votes to impeach obama. he made the comments while responding to a question over the legitimacy over the president's birth certificate. >>> new york senator kirsten gillibrand has inked a book deal. it will be both a memoir and call to action for women to become more involved in politics. financial terms have not been disclosed. >>> and south carolina governor nikki haley will finally announce plans to run for a second term. she's seen her poll numbers slip in recent months. her democratic opponent has already announced plans to challenge her again. >>> and that's your morning's dish of "scrambled politics." >>> and our first look at the weather, i'm joined by bill karins. >> morning. rainy tuesday. i know. nap day. >> well, maybe. >> if we should be so lucky. >> it's not happening for me either. this morning we're going to deal with some travel issues out there for a lot of us. bring the umbrella if it's not raining already. fla
was born. unless the texas republican senator formally renounces that citizenship, he will remain a citizen of both countries, legal experts say." ted cruz released his canadian birth certificate in response to inquiries from the "dallas morning news." today ted cruz's senate press secretary released this oddly worded statement. "to our knowledge, he never had canadian citizenship." now, when a senator's staff speak for the senator says "to our knowledge," everything that follows that is a statement that everyone in that senate office knows might have to be quickly revised, and so it has been. the "washington post" is now reporting that ted cruz will renounce his canadian citizenship. cruz said, "now the dallas morning news says that i may technically have dual citizenship. assuming that is true, then sure, i will renounce any canadian citizenship. nothing against canada, but i'm an american by birth and as a u.s. senator i believe i should be only an american because i was a u.s. citizen at birth, because i left calgary when i was 4, and have lived my entire life since then in the u.s., an
is already suing texas to stop its new voter id law and reports say that north carolina's extreme voting restrictions will likely be next in line for attorney general eric holder, who also spoke on saturday. >> we must remember generations who carry themselves on a day-to-day basis with great dignity in the face of unspeakable injustice. but for them, i would not be attorney general of the united states and barack obama would not be president of the united states of america. this struggle must and will go on in the cause of our nation's quest for justice. until every eligible american has the chance to exercise his or her right to vote, unencumbered by discriminatory or unneeded procedures, rules, or practices. >> the thousands who came out this weekend are ready to continue that quest for justice. >> we're on our way to north carolina. we're on our way to texas. we're on our way to florida. and when they ask us for our voter id, take out a photo of medgar evers, take out a photo of goodman, cheney and take out a photo of viola louisa. they gave their lives so we could vote. look at this
voting rights in 31 states. the justice department is already going after texas to try to test the supreme court decision. does the speech do you think give any momentum to that cause to expand voting rights since she chose this as her focus? >> i think it does. i think you've had a situation where although the conversation around voting, i.d.s it has been on the left primarily and in small pockets in the civil rights community as well. i think hillary clinton brings it into the mainstream in way it hasn't been before, but i also think this north carolina law could also be a tipping point because the argument that conservatives have made around voter i.d. laws has been voter fraud by this rath of restrictions used and signed into law in north carolina doesn't really address a voter fraud which in some ways snolt a problem in north carolina but the idea you're shutting down voting on a sunday and the item you're eliminate 16 and 17-year-olds the ability to register early, it seems to be capturing a wide swath of folks in north carolina can you see folks really looking at these a
the stand. he still has not cross examined any of them. nbc's mark potter is outside the courthouse in texas. he joins us. mark, that was one of the other points of outrage for some people is that hasan would be in a position to cross examine some of the very people he's accused of shooting down that day. he's not done so so far. what else are you seeing in court today? >> reporter: well, aside from the argument you were talking about, it will go to an appeals court, it was very dramatic testimony as soldiers and former soldiers took to the stand to describe what happened on november 5th, 2009, when 13 people were killed here, 31 were injured in this rampage shooting at a processing center. soldiers, former soldiers told of seeing others being shot, hearing them scream, watching them die, being shot themselves. it was very, very dramatic. one of them, staff sergeant michael davis, said that he heard a young woman screaming out, my baby, my baby, my baby. and we know that a 21-year-old soldier, francesca velez, private first class from chicago was shot and killed. she was nine weeks pregnant.
to block texas' new voter i.d. law. it was implemented after the supreme court back in june struck down a key provision of the 1965 voting rights act. nbc news justice correspondent pete williams joins us live. it's making headlines. >> it escalates the battle. the center piece is the supreme court's decision striking down the heart of the voting rights act. before the court ruled texas had to get preclearance for any changes on the election law and the federal court said no both to texas changing its voter i.d. law and redrawing its district lines for congressional and legislative districts. after that the justice department is pursuing new courts. we can't stop you under the old voting rights act but we'll use a new section to claim this voter i.d. law is unconstitutional. a written statement says we will not allow the supreme court's decision to be determined as open season for the states to pursue measures that suppress voting rights. what the court is saying -- or the justice department now is, rather, saying it's unconstitutional on its face and it's also asking the court in texas
, texas, with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, chris. the military trial for major nadal hasan is under way here at ft. hood a mile or so from the medical readiness unit where three years ago he shot and killed 13 soldiers and wounded 32 others. now in previous hearings, major hasan has tried to lead guilty to the charges but because this case involves the death penalty, it has to go through this article 32 court-martial hearing. hasan has elected to represent himself which now presents the bizarre opportunity for major hasan to actually cross-examine some of the people he allegedly shot. one of those is sergeant alonzo lu lunsford who told us he is looking forward to talk to the man who tried to kill him. here is what he had to say. >> i will not show fear in the face of an enemy because the man who shot me, major hasan is the man who going to be cross-examining me and that is a huge challenge. >> reporter: sergeant lundford is the lead witness in this case after opening statements begin this afternoon. opening statements are underway right now. lunsford will testi
with major league baseball. george zimmerman back in the headlines after a traffic stop in texas. o.j. simpson wins parole but not his freedom and some nonbelievers get their sweet reven revenge. >>> good morning, cleveland kidnapper aerial castro is expected to speak today at his sentencing hearing. as part of the plea deal he'll be spared the death penalty. prosecutors say the man they call a monster will spend the rest of his days behind bars. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. aerial castro has agreed to that plea deal that includes a minimum sentence, life in prison and 1,000 years. for a crime they will detail for the first time in court today. we already know aerial castro's future. >> this man is going to prison for the rest of his life. >> reporter: today we'll learn about his horrific past. in hours prosecutors will present expert testimony that outlines decade of abuse for a man they call a monster. castro has pleaded guilty to kidnapping amanda berry, gina dejesus. and rape, assault and murder. >> my addiction to pornography and sexual problem has taken a to
, meaningless roll calls, meaningless speeches as they say down in texas, it's all hat and no cattle. republicans are united against obama care when it comes to votes like this one, but a warring faction of tea party republicans led by ted cruz of texas are making it very real threat to shut down the u.s. government if the law is not killed. apparently the strategy is being lambasted as silly, dumb, unachievable and political suicide. and the people saying those words are not democrats, it's the republicans in congress who are saying those things. and those criticisms are delicate compared to what's in today's "washington post." charles krauthammer, a pulp pulitzer prize winning conservative columnist says cruz belongs to the looney bin. "and this is krauthammer, this is nuts. every physical showdown has rebounded against the republicans. those who fancy themselves tea party patriots fighting a sold out cocktail swilling establishment are demanding yet another cliff dive as a show of principle, and manliness. but there's no principle at stake here. this is about tactics. if i thought
. >>> texas senator ted cruz admitted republicans do not have the votes to defund obama care, but says he is, quote, not convinced that president obama wouldn't defund his own health care law if congress gave him the opportunity to do so. >>> at the end of the video music awards last night, president barack obama showed his support for katy perry's finale and her song "roar" by tweeting to her after she tweeted about obama care. he said thanks for spreading the word, #roar. >> michelle and her daughters went to broadway to see the play "trip to bountdful." >>> organizers might be regretting the pick of metlife stadium for february's super bowl. the farmer's al mack is predicting a cold championship game. next year's game is the first to be played at an outdoor setting in cold weather. the almanac is right about 80% of the time. somebody right about 100% of the time is bill karins. >> 80% of the time is right? it's kind of like the national inquirer, every now and then they'll get a big story right. we'll find out super bowl sunday. a lot of weather headlines over the weekend. one of the big
zimmerman, but this time it was on a highway just east of dallas. kerri sanders is live in forney, texas. what happened here? >> reporter: well, good morning. it was a relatively calm encounter. george zimmerman was pulled over for speeding but it was noteworthy even to police because in the car george zimmerman had a gun. george zimmerman was driving west on u.s. highway 80 in forney, texas near dallas when he was pulled over for speeding. zimmerman who was found not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter in the shooting death of trayvon martin was quick to tell the officer that he had a gun in the glove compartment. >> where are you headed? >> nowhere in particular. >> nowhere in particular? why do you say that? >> you didn't see my name? >> huh? >> you didn't see my name? >> reporter: the officer looks down at zimmerman's license again. >> we the jury find george zimmerman not guilty. >> reporter: just days after a florida jury found him not guilty, zimmerman was back in the news, stepping out of seclusion to help four people escape from their overturned vehicle in florida. a
willing to go to win back the senate. and pay back. texas republicans want state representative wendy davis to pay for her epic filibuster. igor is with us and lisa and bill share. it's great to see all three of you. bill, start with you on this. you got a post up at the week.com asking what republicans want more. if they have got to go for this a government shutdown or the senate. why can't they have both? >> they can't have both because they have a very good chance of taking the senate right now. they could get the six seats d!1 that they need if they don't upset the apple cart. if they become the face of washington dysfunction then all bets are off. you already have the public saying 25%. they only have 25% approval of their handling of congress as it is today and people don't want more dysfunction and they can't pass off the blame for a government shutdown when you have senator ted cruz openly campaigning for it and saying you'll be no different than when government closes for the weekend. they lose leverage and budget negotiations they have to accept more tax increases and puttin
department announced they were going to sue the state of texas over the voter i.d. law texas republicans put into place after the supreme court decision. a federal court in texas is reviewing the justice department's complaint. while that review goes on, the voter i.d. law in texas is going into effect. there's a fascinating little test case that's going to play out there this week. this is the ballot for a local city council race in the city of edinburg, texas. this tiny local election is going to be the first one in the state that will be held under the state's strict new voter i.d. laws. opponents of the law are planning to watch that election very closely to see what effect this new voter i.d. law has on the ability of minority residents to turn out and vote. the fight is also on right now in north carolina. that state's new voter suppression law is seen as even more draconian than the one passed in texas that the federal government is suing over right now. the north carolina law, and all of the national coverage of that law, has kicked up a wave of opposition in the state. last thursday
at scrambled politics. ted cruz of texas will remain a canadian citizen for eight more months before he can officially cut ties with the country where he was born. at a town hall meeting last night about defunding obamacare, cruz praised former south carolina senator jim demint for being as nearly as action stars or super heros are. >> kids all over the world wear super man pajamas. super man wears chuck norris pajamas. and let me tell you, chuck norris wears jim demint pajamas. >> texas governor rick perry also wanted to kill the affordable care act, but politico reports his aides are in talks to accept an estimated $100 million through the health law. republican senator lamar alexander is now facing a primary challenger in his bid for re-election. his on poe nent is joe carr whose campaign banner misspelled the last word with an extra t. they later fixed it. north carolina state senator is resigning to protest the state's new voter i.d. law. she'll help citizens get photo i.d.s. january gone take says nancy reagan wants to see the butler. fonda says she'll get her a dvd. and president oba
when there was security in place. >>> and a texas county now considering whether to join a federal lawsuit against its state's own controversial voter i.d. law. we're going to dig into what's happening in texas. the end. lovely read susan. may i read something? yes, please. of course. a rich, never bitter taste cup after cup. 340 grams. [ sighs ] [ male announcer ] always rich, never bitter. gevalia. never bitter. for a strong bag that grips the can... ♪ get glad forceflex. small change, big difference. good and close. discover the new way to help keep teeth clean and breath fresh. new beneful healthy smile food and snacks. he'll love the crunch of the healthy smile kibbles. you'll love how they help clean. with soft, meaty centers, and teeth cleaning texture healthy smile snacks help keep a shine on his smile. it's dental that tastes so good. new beneful healthy smile food and snacks. >>> well, you might say it's a texas-size showdown over voting rights and will now pit state officials against one of the biggest counties in the country. that is dallas county. by a narrow 3-2 vot
on in north carolina legislatively, that's the fraud. what's going on in texas legislatively, that's the fraud. it's a made-up story to go after minorities. it's a made-up story to go after the elderly, the poor, the economically challenged and also to set up a bunch of hoops for the young kids in this country to get involved in the process. i say we can win this fight. but today has to be a wake-up for all americans that we have a long way to go. i want to bring in hillary shelton of the naacp, the grio's joy reid, and also lehigh university professor, james peters peterson. now, we all have our issues and things that we believe in. i lived diversity, i went to a black high school. i saw communities get resourced. back when i was in high school, we had after-school programs, we had resources. there was no idea like, we're not going to fund this school in this district, but we're not going to fund this one for certain reasons. and we are setting a dangerous precedent in this country by accepting the fact that teachers are the problem. that public education is failing all across the board. what
at the other stories topping the news now. frightening nomtsmoments for a 12-year-old in texas. untrudiers broke in when he was home alone. he called 911 for help. >> poor little guy. police arrested those burglars. his mom says that she is proud of her son. he knew the right people to call right away. >>> in ft. hood, texas, the sentencing face of major hasan is under way. he was found guilty on 13 kounds of mur -- counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder and will face the death penalty rb. >>> mike tyson says he is on the verge of dying. during a press conference in new york he knitted he is still suffering from drug and alcohol dependency. >> i want to change my life and want to live a different life. i want to live sober and i don't want to die. i'm a vicious alcoholic. >> during that press conference tyson admitted he had been sober six days. he is starting the new year as a boxing promoter. >>> a controversial plan in columbia, south carolina, to evict the homeless. they voted to criminalize homelessness. people on the streets have the option to relocate or get arrested. an
. then concern about the recent roll back, especially in north carolina and texas and florida of voting rights and that we have to make sure we are diligent and stay on it. so that the dream, have we made progress? absolutely. but we still have a lot of work to do and we have got to make sure that as reverend lowrie said we came to commemorate and we have to agitate in our districts and that is important and dr. king would want us to continue to move on and work hard as john lewis says and still have the comeback. i think we are feeling the effects today of a southern strategy put together by richard nixon some time ago to dilute the power of african-american legislators. we have less power in the sense we are not in houses where we are in the majority. and so we have got to figure out how we work that and we need people to come out to vote like never before, especially in local elections, city council and state assemble and state senates and mayoral election p.m. that makes the difference on the bigger ends so the african-americans have the power that dr. king dream was all about. >> the drea
to those states. we're on our way to north carolina. we're on our way to texas. we're on our way to florida. and when they ask us for our voter id, take out a photo of medgar evers, take out a photo of goodman, chaney, viola louisa. they gave their lives so we could vote. look at this for the, a and it gives you the idea of who we are. humans. even when we cross our t's and dot our i's, we still run into problems. namely, other humans. which is why at liberty mutual insurance, auto policies come with new car replacement and accident forgiveness if you qualify. see what else comes standard at libertymutual.com. liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? >>> i gach enough blood on that bridgidge selma, alabama for the right to vote. i'm not going to stand by and let the supreme court take the right to vote away from us. you cannot stand by. you cannot sit down. you've got to stand up, speak up, speak out and get in the way. >> congressman john lewis at yesterday's march on washington, 50th anniversary, invoking the historical legacy for voting equality, a struggle that very
about during the annual physical checkup the former president has at his doctor in dallas, texas. what we are told by aides is that during the exam there was a discovery of a blocked artery. what we don't know, were there any symptoms? anything leading up to that? that, we don't know. what we can say about the former president is he has maintained a very rigorous physical activity. he is known for cycling and doing a lot of cardio exercise so that makes this even more surprising in some ways at least from a layperson's point of view. he hasn't had any other complicated medical issues. mostly it's been scrapes from falling off bicycles where he's had treatment in the past and issues with his knees. so what we learned is that he went this morning into a procedure, not open heart surgery, nothing like that. a stent procedure which can be done through an artery where a stent is placed in, the blocked artery to open it up and that resumes the blood flow. what we're told is that he is doing well. he's in high spirits. he will remain in the hospital today but is expected to be relieved tomorr
'm glad the justice department is moving forward in texas. i want them to do that in north carolina and any other state that has put in place these laws that are really going to be damaging to people's right to vote. >> and that's the real point. people have been voting for years with their i.d. there's been no widespread fraud. yet you come in with a new program. it is a solution looking for a problem rather than a problem in need of a solution. and one of the people who just filed a lawsuit other in north carolina's voting suppression law is 92-year-old rosenel eaton who has compared to the literacy test she faced during the crowe era. listen to this 92-year-old. >> here i am at 92 years old doing the same battling. we need more, not less, access to the ballot. at the age of 92, i am fed up and fired up. >> 92 years old saying it's the same thing she's fed up and fired up standing there with reverend william barber. people are calling them out on this. >> that's right. and you know what? i am so proud to be a north carolinian. she really is fed up. >> i think that -- and the thing
'm a u.s. citizen by birth. >> he couldn't be more right. welcome back to "hardball." that was texas senator ted cruz telling jonathan carl he is a natural born citizen, therefore eligible to be president. cruz went the extra mile to release his birth certificate to the dallas morning news which reported cruz who was born in canada to an american mother has dual citizenship is by the accident of being born up there. following that report he released a statement. he said now the dallas morning news says i may technically have dual citizenship. assuming that to be true, i will renounce any canadian citizenship. nothing against canada but i'm an american by birth and a u.s. senator, i believe i should only be an american. well said. i couldn't agree with him more. odd to say in their about a guy i probably disagree with on many points but he could not be more right. the irony here of course, is that cruz's birth mirrors the phony scenario concocted by the birthers including donald trump to falsely have been arguing even to this day that president obama was born overseas mostly in kenya
in texas, senator cruz, in a heated town hall. could an awkward moment be coming for two conservative stars in the lone star state? here in gotham, anthony weiner's wild spiral to single digits may have opened the door for an unexpected contender and maybe the next mayor. bill de blasio. feeling like he's got a lot of mojo with just 20 days till primary day. good morning from new york city. it's wednesday, august 21st. it's "the daily rundown." my first reads of it the mornin. we're going to start with some domestic politics. the state of both political parties is anything but strong these days. the only reason there isn't much hand ringing about the democratic party is because the republican party is the one in such disa ray. the open warfare has become a more public spectacle than we've seen in years. many republican leaders are exhausted from dealing with the tea party and some seem to be downright giddy over what's happened in the last week. they don't put their name on their giddiness. not even 250 days old and already he's become probably among the most recognizable faces of the tea p
. and the department of justice today announced they will sue the state of texas in order to stop texas' voter i.d. law. the justice department says it plans its challenge under the part of the voting rights act that was not gutted by the supreme court earlier this summer. in a statement, attorney general eric holder said this represents the department's latest action to protect voting rights but will not be our last. the federal government is going to wade into texas to stop what texas is going on voter suppression. if the administration says texas won't be the last place that happens, what will be the next place that happens? north carolina's new move s fwes voting rights are called the most radical state-wide changes since the voting rights act was passed in 1965. does north carolina need federal intervention in order to protect its citizens' right to vote in joining us now, congressman g.k. butterfield, represents elizabeth city where we are tonight. he's a former voting rights attorney, himself. former north carolina supreme court justice. congressman butterfield, thank you for being here tonight.
against the use of what's left of the voting rights act against voter i.d. laws in texas, what does that tell you about where this debate is going looking at the president's address tomorrow? >> well, sensenbrenner did say yesterday at a meeting that the rnc held to commemorate the march on washington that he wanted to be part of a solution on the voting rights act, and he vowed to fix the law by the end of this year which i think is significant. far too many leaders in the republican party have been silent at a time when there's a wave of new voter suppression measures all throughout the south. we have seven southern state that have passed our or implemented new voting restrictions since june bht supreme court gutted the voting rights act. this is a crisis situation. we're seeing the biggest threat to right is that we've seen since the passage of the voting rights act in 1995. >> jonathan, what do you make of that, that sensenbrenner who has a good record is saying we've got do something but not on voter i.d.? >> well on, the one hand it shows leadership. there's a glimmer of leade
zimmerman was pulled over for recently speeding outside of dallas, texas. zimmerman informed the officer he had a pistol in that truck. when asked zimmerman where he was going he said nowhere in particular. why do you say that? he then asked if the officer knew who he was looking at the license. when i saw the name, he said what a coincidence. after getting a clearance it there were no outstanding warrants the officer let him go with a warning. saying he needed to slow down. >>> and we'll look at the month of august on wall street with a kind note. yesterday ended pretty flat but still had the best july since 2010. for more on this, let's check in and say good important to steve, who is live for us in london. steve. >> reporter: >> yeah. it was a good month of july. whether there were head winds remain to be seen. seemed to be a quieter month than august. 1.7% growth in the second quarter. it was heartwarming for the market but wasn't downward revisions from the previous quarter. that said, pretty cagey, talking about previous modest growth. so slight down-ticking in sessions of economic gr
's this morning's first look at scrambled politics. apparently in texas when you stand up you better be prepared to pay up. republicans there want state senator wendy davis to cough up the cost for last month's special session. a republican says davis should reimburse taxpayers since it was her filibuster that forced lawmakers to come back. >>> a new poll spells struggle for senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. it is still 15 months before they go to the polls but it shows allyson lundergan grimes leading the polls by 1%. both results fall within the margin of error. >> new jersey governor chris christie, he is reaching into the deep pockets of casino billionaire, sheldon adelson. last night fund-raiser was for the governor's re-election efforts and not a potential 2016 bid. >>> a fed up senator harry reid was not pleased when he talked thursday to try to prevent debate on a transportation bill. here's what happened when senator tammy baldwin tried to call the chamber to order. listen. >> madam president. madam president -- >> the majority leader. >> have them sit down and shut up, okay? it's
in texas, it's all hat, no cattle. tea partiers led by ted cruz are making it a real threat to shut down the u.s. government if the plan is not killed. it's silly, dumb, unachievable and actually political suicide and the people saying those words are not democrats, it's the republicans in congress who are saying those things, and those criticisms are delicate compared to what's in today's "washington post." the columnist says cruz belongs to the loony bin. croat, and this is krauthammer -- this is nuts. those who fancy themselves tea party patriots fighting a sold-outcocktail-swill i sold-outcocktail-swilling establish pt are demanding yet another cliff dive as a show of principle and manliness. but there's no principle at stake here. this is about tactic. if i thought this would work, i would support it. but i don't fancy suicide. it has a tendency to be fatal. as for manliless, the real question here is sanity. nothing could better revine the fortunes. michael gershwin says, quote, cruz views this as the last stand against obama care, a conservative alamo. instead it would be a little
abbott would absolutely demolish idiot in wendy davis texas in governor race. run wendy run. >>> the recall effort against san diego mayor bob filner is under way. they're gathering signatures to oust the mayor. >>> actress susan sarandon hosted a fund-raiser at her ping-pong club in new york. >>> president george w. bush took a whopping 50 trips to his texas ranch, totalling 323 days in the same time period. >>> that's going to do it for your morning dish scrambled politics. >>> here's nbc meteorologist bill karins. how many vacation days for you? >> 43 if i'm lucky. >>> let's talk about what's going on out there with the weather. over the weekend, got drenched in the southeast. the big story, all of the pictures of that devastating fire in idaho, that's where it's located there, just north of the fairfield area. idaho has definitely been one of the bull's eye points. yesterday, it was 97 in boise. 90 in billings. 98 in denver. lot of the heat that's in the west is now going to head east, after another cool weekend. it looks like temperatures are going to soar this weekend.
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